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Best Tourist Attractions In Southend On Sea

We've rounded up the best tourist attractions in Southend On Sea in our quest to discover brilliant family attractions and places to visit near you. There are 134 Southend On Sea tourist attractions to pick from.Alternatively, why not explore some other sightseeing days out nearby, including museums and art galleries. Find the perfect places to go with your kids and get out on your next adventure!

All the tourist attractions we list are rated according to the ages they are suitable for, facilities and whether they are suitable for rainy days or best when the sun is shining.

Many of the places we list are historic or educational in nature and would be suitable for class trips or as ways to keep the learning up whilst having fun over the school holidays.

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Southend on Sea Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Southend On Sea
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The kids will love solving the clues on the Southend-on-Sea self-guided treasure hunt themed Treasure Trail. There's clues for all ages to enjoy (fro...

Escape Live Southend

  • Southend On Sea
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Looking for a family-friendly escape room in Essex? Escape Live Southend is the place to go! You and the kids will have a great time, looking for clu...

Southend Pier and Train5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Southend On Sea
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Landmarks

The visitor information centre on the pier is the place to start, being the place to book boat trips etc and having information on the immediate amen...

Room Escape Southend

  • Southend On Sea
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Love the thrill of live escape games? Dare to take on a truly challenging escape room experience at Room Escape Southend! There are multiple escape r...

Leigh Heritage Centre

  • Leigh-on-Sea
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Leigh Heritage Centre is a fascinating wealth of local historical artefacts and memorabilia with educational value. Outside nearby you can also pick...

Rayleigh Windmill

  • Rayleigh
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The Rayleigh Windmill is an award-winning tourist and educational attraction, and popular venue for weddings and civil ceremonies. It is a Grade II l...

Rayleigh Mount

  • Rayleigh
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The dramatic Rayleigh Mount is the atmospheric remnants of an early medieval motte and bailey castle site, built by Sweyn of Essex if you're taking n...

The Chelmsford Mystery Treasure Trail

  • Chelmsford
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Salty seafarers, unite! The Chelmsford Mystery Treasure Trail is calling out for seasoned explorers to get a whiff of the scent and uncover buried lo...



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The Wind in The Willows Sculpture Trail

  • Billericay
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

If your kids love The Wind in the Willows, take them to Hanningfield Reservoir and bring their favourite story to life with the Wind in the Willows s...

Maldon Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Maldon
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Eye patch? Check! Parrot on shoulder? Check! You’re all ready for a jaunt on the Maldon Treasure Hunt Trail where cracking codes and solving clues wi...

The Rochester Mystery Trail

  • Rochester
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

For a great way for all the family to explore Rochester, try the Rochester self-guided mystery themed Treasure Trail. Your Trail will lead you on you...

Faversham Mystery Treasure Trail

  • Faversham
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

If clue busting is your bread and butter then don’t miss the Faversham Mystery Treasure Trail; those skills will be essential to finding the fabled,...

The Whitstable Spy Mission Treasure Trail

  • Whitstable
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Spies, assemble! Operation Oyster Bed is live and your special skills are essential to infiltrating Whitstable, deactivating a deadly device and savi...

Canterbury Spy Mission Treasure Trail

  • Canterbury
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Explore on a spy mission with the Canterbury self guided Spy Mission themed Treasure Trail. See the main sights and discover hidden gems as you wande...

Layer Marney Tower

  • Colchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

The view from the roof shows the church, outbuildings, play area, gardens, estate and wildlife walk. Layer Marney Tower is a great place to visit whe...

Maidstone Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Maidstone
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Calling all salty sea dogs and seasoned sailors! The Maidstone Treasure Hunt Trail has a fabulous - if fictional - treasure ready and waiting to be d...

The Cressing Temple Barns5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Braintree
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The Cressing Temple Barns is the largest of the Knights Templar's Essex based landholdings boasts the oldest known wooden structure in the world! So,...

Huntfun Canterbury

  • Canterbury
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Feeling adventurous? Channel your inner Indiana Jones and solve clues to unravel the mystery of the huntfun treasure hunt in Canterbury. This histori...

The Canterbury Tales

  • Canterbury
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The Canterbury Tales is an award winning attraction based in the centre of Canterbury that brings to life 5 of Geoffrey Chaucer's best loved stories...

Lullingstone Roman Villa

  • Eynsford
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Lullingstone Roman Villa Lullingstone is amongst the most outstanding Roman villa survivals in Britain and provides a unique all weather family day o...

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